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Analyzing & Comparing Brands of Bottled Water

Anyone buying bottled water should read this page in order to become educated on the topic. There are many, many issues with bottled water, all of which are covered on this page.

Unhealthy PH of Most Bottled Water

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Acidity is a major concern associated with bottled water. Anyone eating or drinking an average American diet needs more alkalinity from their water, because we're already inundated with too many acids in our diets. Our bodies need BALANCE to be healthy, and pH balance is one of the things we should monitor as a daily routine.

Bottled water is not healthier water. In fact in most cases bottled water is less healthy than tap water. 

Alkaline Water Plus has created this page to help educate you in the facts about bottled water.  Please share our Analyzing & Comparing Brands of Bottled Water page with your friends. 

The PH of Bottled Water Brands

You cannot rely on bottled water being a healthy pH. Unless the bottle says it's "alkaline", you can pretty much assume it's more acidic than your  drinking water should be. Even if a bottling company gets their water from a pristine spring, they will often oxidize the water with ozone as a sanitation technique. This keeps fungi and algae from growing in the water as it stagnates on the store shelf.

I've done many tests on bottled water, and this video shows one of them with 20 brands of bottled water, tested for pH. For more data about these and other brands of bottled water, see the DATA & CHARTS SECTION at the bottom of this page. 

This video focuses on testing the pH of 20 brands of bottled water.

Fluoride

A lot of people buy bottled water because they think the bottling companies are removing fluoride, chlorine and other toxins from the water. In many cases those benefits don't even exist. Fluoride is in a lot of brands of bottled water.

Fluoride Testing of 21 Brands of Bottled Water vs Ionized Water

Why is fluoride bad? Fluoride is a potentially toxic mineral when consumed in anything more than just trace amounts. This is because Fluoride is so tiny it can penetrate the blood/brain barrier and get into the brain and nervous system, which it can harm. Fluoride has dangers that are similar to lead. Because of this I take fluoride filtration very seriously. Fluoride can be removed from the water with a good fluoride filter. Many bottled water brands have Fluoride in them, so watch the video and/or read the charts on this page to learn more.  

This video focuses on the Fluoride testing of many popular bottled water. brands

Do Bottling Companies Filter the Water Better than Your Municipal Water Company?

No. Municipal water companies actually do a pretty good job of filtering your tap water, and this could be due to the fact that their quality of filtration is highly regulated (much more so than water bottlers). The water lines going from the water company all the way to your tap are also regulated by municipal codes, all for the purpose of bringing you clean and healthy water. Filtering the tap water is much more healthy and cost-effective than drinking bottled water (see next section).

BETTER ALTERNATIVES TO BOTTLED WATER

1. UltraWater Filtration: This video is less than 4 minutes and it tells you all about water contaminants and how to get rid of them easily. The water you drink is important. Water is the source of all life. It is at the very root of your health. In this video you'll also see the best filters to remove contaminants (UltraWater filters) and why. Take a few minutes to learn this. It's very important.

2. The Alkaline Plus PH Pitcher: The Alkaline Plus PH Pitcher is a convenient solution to the bottled water problem. It filters the water well (with a slow flow through a carbon filter), raises the alkalinity of the water, adds hydrogen antioxidants, and makes it taste great too. Whenever I go traveling I bring a nice, stainless, water bottle and the bin and filter from this pitcher with me so I can use the local tap water and filter it. This not only saves a lot of money, but it also is really the healthiest water to drink while in airports or on a cruise. I've written several articles about this. Here's one of them. The Alkaline Ionizer Pitcher on a Cruise!

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Brands of Bottled Water vs. Alkaline Plus PH Ionizing Pitcher

This video shows the alkalinity of Smart Water, Voss Water, compared with the PH pitcher. The Alkaline Plus Ionizing Pitcher can filter and remineralize that water, improve the pH-level to a perfect 9.5 pH and also transform it (ionize it) so it has antioxidants also in the water! 

Shows how the Alkaline Plus PH Ionizing Pitcher gives better water than any of the bottled water brands.

For Those Who Want the BEST: Water Ionizers - The Newest and Best Way to Get the Healthiest Drinking Water

A water ionizer is a unique machine, originally developed in Japan to help their population with major health issues. I learned about water ionizers 24 years ago, and it changed my life and my children's lives. Alkaline ionized water is the healthiest of all water to drink, because it alkalizes it and also contains large quantities of therapeutic antioxidants. I'd really like to get up on rooftops and shout this out about this water to everyone. I was headed toward disaster, health-wise, before discovering alkaline ionized water. Here's a 10-minute video explaining years of study and research on alkaline ionized water.

For more information about me, here is my testimonial. I urge you to study this subject further by clicking this button. It changed my life.

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The water ionizer I use is able to remove all of the Fluoride, chlorine, chloramine, lead, heavy metals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and more from my regular, municipal tap water. I have also found that a water ionizer is the best machine to actually remove fluoride from the water when you buy one that has a fluoride filter in it (like mine).  

Water ionizers may seem very expensive at first glance, but this chart shows their cost is far less than buying bottled water (even the cheapest brands of bottled water) over time. In the above video you saw that alkaline ionized water has been shown to fight diseases. Here is more information about ionized water helping to fight diseases.  

At Alkaline Water Plus we also have a payplans option, to help you spread out your initial cost. Here is a chart showing an expense breakdown for up to 10 years. You can see how all of the brands of bottled water, including the cheapest brand, are more expensive than the two types of water ionizers (water ionizer machine and alkaline ionizing pitcher) shown. These numbers demonstrate the money you spend (1) per gallon of water, (2) per year, and (3) after 10 years. Look at the 10-year figures to see the true picture of what bottled water is doing to your budget. Plus, consider the medical bills you save when your body is in perfect pH-balance and has the highest quality of antioxidants to help fight diseases before they start. In other words, disease-prevention is priceless. 

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Getting the best water and right machine ...An alkaline water ionizer machine that delivers alkaline ionized water, filtered perfectly, and loaded with disease-fighting hydrogen antioxidants is really the best choice for health and budget. Some water ionizer machines (like the one I use, pictured below) will even remove up to 99.99% of fluoride from the water. I've used this machine for 10 years, and it's my personal favorite:

Athena Classic Water Ionizer

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OTHER SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT EXCESSIVE USE OF BOTTLED WATER

This sections contains other important topics about bottled water.  

Plastic Particles Found in the 12 Major Brands of Bottled Water Tested!

Recent studies on bottled water containing micro-pastics, which exposes another potential health-risk of drinking bottled water. These are pieces of plastic so small they can only be seen through a microscope. The smaller these plastic particles are, the worse it is for us, because the tinier size means they can pass through the stomach & intestinal walls and into the rest of our bodies more readily. We probably can't get completely away from plastic, but the less plastic we use, the better.   

Bottles Trashing up our Planet

Another huge problem in our world today has to do with hundreds and thousands of square miles worth of plastic waste that is filling our land-fills and oceans. Plastic bottles are a large percentage of this waste. Plastic won't degrade fast enough to allow us the "privilege" of continued ignorance and irresponsibility for our treatment of our planet. We need to wake up our sense of responsibility for our planet. I urge you to read the section and watch the video, called "The Recycling Myth", below. It does a good job of showing the effects of an over-abundance of plastics-production upon our world. 

The Recycling Myth

There is a bigger issue than most people know of plastic wastes going on in our world today. Of the billions of bottles of water sold in the US, only about 1/5 is recycled. Then out of the ones that are recycled, not all make it into the actual recycling process. Some even end up in landfills overseas (see video)! That means that not only is the production of bottles costing us millions of barrels of oil each year, but almost all of these bottles are filling our landfills and polluting our earth. The industrial chemicals that are in the material of the bottles haven’t been measured, other than BPA which is only one of the many potentially disease-causing agents in the bottles. Water, the universal solvent, has the ability to leach all kinds of chemicals into itself. The variables of time and temperature are not reported by bottling companies. The EWG, Environmental Working Group, recently found all kinds of contaminants, such as human wastes, bacteria and pharmaceuticals in several brands of bottled water. So, short of doing our own testing of each bottle, we have no assurance of purity and healthiness of any brand of bottled water. 

It is time, as a society, that we work to reduce the amounts of things stored in plastics wherever possible. We are being duped into thinking that our recycled bottles are all being responsibly taken care of. Watch the video, below, to get the real story of bottled water.

 

THE STORY OF BOTTLED WATER Focuses on How Plastics are Trashing Up Our Planet

Unhealthiness of Plastics

One issue with bottled water is the unhealthiness associated with the soft, clear plastic used for storing bottled water. This type of plastic is used because it's user-friendly and cheap, however it is highly susceptible to chemical leaching. BPA is not the only chemical of concern for leaching, but is certainly one of them.

Do Popular Brands of Bottled Water Taste Better? 

Bottled Water Companies spend millions of dollars to make you believe that bottled water tastes better than tap, but when put to the test it isn't usually the case. 

Taste tests of various bottled water brands have actually shown the most popular brands of bottled water to be inferior to tap water! Of course it would depend on where you live, but this is often the case. The common perception, caused by the brainwashing of advertising, is that the more you pay for bottled water the better it tastes. There have been many blind taste-tests of bottled water vs tap water to prove that in fact tap water tastes just as "good" when presented as an expensive brand of bottled water.

In a famous CBS expose people in a fancy restaurant were presented with an expensive "Water Menu" they immediately believed that the taste of the water was better. In each case the customers reacted to the PR and hype of the fancy label, price, menu and waiter's attitude rather than their own senses in deciding how well they liked each water they tasted.

ABC News -- Bottled Water: Popular but not Healthy

ABC News did a study on bottled water vs. tap and it exposed that people were paying over $600/yr for bottled water, thinking that it tasted fresher, cleaner, and was healthier for their family. When given a blind taste-test they 100% chose the tap water for fresher, cleaner, healthier taste. This was followed up with another shocking story by 20/20 reporters.

 

ABC's Bottled Water vs Tap

Our Earth cannot sustain too much more waste without drastic consequences. This is a serious subject that shouldn't be ignored.

Is Any Bottled Water Healthy?

The only bottled water that I will drink is using my stainless-double-vacuum sealed bottles. I can use these even when I'm traveling. (see next section) I can fill them with freshly ionized water in the morning and they will keep the water as if freshly ionized all day. 

BOTTLED WATER DATA & CHARTS

This section contains a summary of dozens of tests I've done on bottled water. The charts have all of the data collected.

PH of Bottled Water Brands (Summary)

The following brands of bottled water are shown here in this comparison chart with their pH-levels and water source/treatment notes in order from worst to best: Vitaminwater 3.4, Propel Zero 3.5, Propel Fitness Water3.36, Penta 4.0, Dasani 4.5, Function 5.0, Perrier 5.5, Poland Spring 5.8, Voss 6.0, Ice Mountain 6.0, Crystal Geyser 6.5, Deer Park 6.3, Smart Water 6.5, Great Value Walmart 6.5, Gerber Pure Water 6.5, Arrowhead 6.83, Evian 7.0, Eternal 7.0, Volvic 7.0, Zephyrhills 7.5, Absopure 7.5, Fiji 7.5, Super Chill 7.5, Evamor 8.0, Real Water 8.0, Essentia 9.0. The pH-levels of several locations where I've tested the tap water is also shown for comparison sake.

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More Testing of Bottled Water, Tap Water, Soda & Ionized Water

The following chart shows information about popular brands of bottled water as compared to each other and to ionized water that I have collected either myself or from others' videos around the web.  

BrandDescription/NotesPHORPFluoride Content [mg./liter]
Absopure Natural Spring Water: Processed by 1 Micron filtration, UV light, and Ozonated. 7.5 +281 .15
Amway Perfect Water Bottled ionized water. 7.2 +250  
Aquafina Filtered Municipal Water [Made by Pepsi] Purified by reverse osmosis. 5 +430 .01
Aqua Hydrate Processed water with alkalinity and electrolytes added. 9    
Arrowhead US Spring Water. Called Mountain Spring water, but judging from the acidity, it's probably valley spring. 6.83 +360  
Chill [Super Chill] Natural Spring Water [from Jackson County, Michigan] 7.5 +271 .08
Chippewa Water Spring water from Chippewa Falls, WI 5.5    
Core Ultra purified mineral enhanced water. 7.5    
Crystal Geyser Natural Spring Water, bottled at the source 6.5 +324  
Culligan RO Purified & Remineralized 8 +214  
Dassani Purified Tap Water [made by Coke] 5.0 +378 .09
Deer Park Spring water, bottled by Nestle 6.3 +450  
Distilled Walmart Brand Distilled Water 5.0 +400 0
Drinking Water Walmart Brand RO Purified Water [Remineralized] 4.5 +274 .15
Essentia Purified, enhanced with electrolytes and Micro-Clustered Water [ionized] 9.5 +188 .15
Eternal Water  Naturally mountain spring water. Naturally alkaline water; electrolyte rich 7 +255 .03
Ethos Processed water from California...made by Starbucks. 8    
Evamor Artesian well water 8 +174 .21
Evian Spring water 7.5 +350  
Evolve Wisconsin spring water; nothing added. 8    
Fiji Fiji Spring Water: From an ancient artesian aquifer deep within the earth. 7 +274 .1
Function Water that is reconstituted from steam. 5 +436 0
Gatorade This is made with regular water [not purified] and at least some artificial ingredients. 3.5 +325  
Gerber Pure Water Purified using reverse osmosis and distillation, with the following added: magnesium sulfate, potassium bicarbonate, calcium chloride. 6.5 +297 0
Great Value RO Water Walmart Brand "Drinking Water" bottled in Quincy, IL, and processed by reverse osmosis. 6.5 +380  
Ice Canyon Spring water from CVS pharmacy. 7.5    
Icelandic Spring water from Iceland. 8.0    
Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water: From Frontier Springs, located in New Tripoli, PA and other cities in Pennsylvania and Maryland. 6.5 +302 .07
Hilton Head, Tap Hilton Head Municipal Water Supply 8 +350  
Ionized Water Ionized water can get up to a 10 or 11 pH and -700 ORP (lots of antioxidants). Ionization also removes about half the Flouride. 10 -700 0 - .05
Lassens   6 +406 0
Life Water Filtered water from Pepsi 6    
Northern Chill Wisconsiin spring water. 7    
Penta Purified water... 11-hour process [Purified by reverse osmosis/deionization with USP medical-grade oxygen. Source Colton Municipas Water District] 4 +392 .08
Perrier Water Sparkling Water Made by Nestle 5.5 +400  
Poland Spring Water Spring Water Bottled by Nestle 6.0 +380 .08
Propel Fitness Drink  Gatorade's version of processed and flavored water. Most varieties are acidic, but there is one that adds minerals and is 8 pH. 3.6 +280  
[Nestle] Pure Life 
$1.00/gal.
Purified water & enhanced with minerals. Bottled by Nestle 6.5   0
Niagra Purified RO water.  5.0    
[Gerber] Pure Water Gerber brand purified with RO and remineralized. 6.5 +297  
Real Water Micro-Clustered Water 8.0 -60
Negative ORP!
 
Soda: Canned Diet Pepsi Typical Canned or Bottled Soda. Fountain sodas are often a little higher pH. 3.24 +377  
Smartwater Distilled and remineralized with calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, and potasium bicarbonate. 6 +296 0
Spring Water "Great Value" Walmart Brand spring water. Source: Hummel Spring, Liberty, IL. Processed by Ozonation, carbon filtration ultraviolet treatment and microfiltration. 7 +284 .14
Super Chill Natural Spring Water [from Jackson County, Michigan] 7 +271 .08
Tap Water

Tap water usually ranges from about 7 to 9 pH

Hilton Head South Carolina  8 pH

Los Angeles City and County  7.5 pH

New York City Water  4.0 - 7.0

New York Well Water  6.5

St. Louis City and County Water Company [Tap] 9.4

 

8.0

7.5

7.0

6.5

9.4

+350

+350

+400

+400

+300

 
Vitaminwater Purified, flavored water. 3.4 +430  
Volvic A brand of mineral water from France. 7.5    
Voss Water Artesian well water from Norway. 5.5 +256 .19
WellBlue Pitcher Lightly filtering and ionizing bottled water or tap water with portable WellBlue ionizer pitcher. Gives a Negative ORP (antioxidants). 9.5 -100  

ORP: ORP stands for "oxidation reduction potential", which is another way of saying antioxidants. The positive "+" sign means the water was oxidizing. The negative "-" sign means it is anti-oxidizing (contains antioxidants) and is in-line with what our bodies will accept readily. 

Information & Warnings About the Acidity of Bottled Water Brands

One reason why so many brands of bottled water are acidic is that most methods of purifying water used by the bottling companies use extreme filtration and ozonation (pumping ozone into it) to treat the water before bottling it. Neither of these processes make the water healthier, and they are NOT better than what your local water company does. Extreme measures of filtration make the water acidic. The consensus among water quality regulating groups and health researchers is that bottled water is inferior to one's health than our average-quality US tap water.  Here are explanations of filtration methods used by bottling companies along with 1) why the companies use these methods and 2) why they are unhealthy:

  1. Extreme Filtration: The majority of the bottled water companies use extreme filtration (like reverse osmosis). Regardless of the source, wells, springs, rivers, lakes, and municipal water supplies, when you use extreme filtration you create dead-water. Dead water is void of all healthy minerals. It's called dead water because of the death of tissues, cells and life caused by this type of water. Part of the water cycle and cycle of life is for rain-water (which is acidic) to soak into the ground, trickle through layers of calcium and other rock and in the process it becomes alkalized by the healthy alkaline minerals in the soil and bedrock. Defying nature, with one fell swoop, bottling companies "treat" the water by removing everything from it, including all of the healthy minerals. This is the cheapest way to go, since this type of filtration can use any water and doesn't use expensive special filters.
  2. Electrolytes: Extreme filtration also removes healthy electrolytes from the water. We need these electrolytes for our cells to function properly, and they are often hard to come by. It's far better to consume the electrolytes naturally dissolved in water than to add them in later on with man-made formulas.
  3. There are many trace minerals found in water that are removed with extreme filtration. Without enough minerals, as water passes through the body's tissues and joints it absorbs minerals from them like a vacuum or sponge. Your bones, joints and muscles need the dissolved minerals from the water, and they certainly do not need to lose their minerals to the water passing through. It's a process we all learned in high school, called diffusion. in order to fill the void created by stripping the water of its minerals it will act as a vacuum cleaner for minerals in your body. This probably won't do much if you consume just a little bottled water, but if you drink a lot of extremely purified water it will rob your body of significant amounts of its healthy, essential minerals that it needs
  4. Some water bottling companies tap into the source water of a particular area that has already good ground water (not needing extreme filtration), but even if they don't kill it with extreme filtration a popular measure, used by bottling companies, is to ozonate the water. This sanitizes it, and is actually necessary to keep the water (which will sit on a shelf for a very long time) from growing algae and other gross things.  Ozonation puts acidity into the water. Basically the rule is: If one wants to kill life and keep it from growing -- MAKE THE WATER ACIDIC. But if you follow that logic further you can see that acidic water (which kills living things) is going to kill our cells too!
  5. In addition to acidifying the water, ozonation also adds harmful free-radicals to it. The process of ozonation is basically infusing the water with oxygen free radicals. Our bodies need balance and too many free-radicals can be unhealthy for the body. 
  6. In a recent research study, most of the bottled water tested by the Dental Hygienists' Association had an even more acidic pH when tested in the lab than the value listed in the bottling companies' water quality reports. Dental health relies on a balanced pH diet. It is well known to hygienists that dental erosion and tooth decay is often caused by over consumption of acidic foods and beverages.